If you’re planning to attend the Boston Marathon in April, there will be new safety measures in place. This year’s race will have a “no bags policy” in the wake of last year’s deadly bombings. Runners will be allowed to check their gear at Boston Common the morning of the race in clear plastic bags. They can also bring water bottles but they must be one liter or smaller. Twin bombs placed in backpacks near the 2013 finish line killed three people and hurt more than 260 others. the 2014 Boston Marathon will take place on April 21st. Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is awaiting trial in November. He has pled not guilty to all charges. His brother Tamerlan died in a gun battle with police following the bombings.
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CNN) — Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday afternoon.
Authorities allege Tsarnaev, a Chechnya-born American, and his brother Tamerlan planted two homemade bombs near the finish line of the April 15 Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring more than 250.
A Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer was killed three days later, triggering the massive manhunt that led to Tsarnaev’s capture. His brother was shot and killed by police during the manhunt.
“The nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm compel this decision,” Holder said in a statement released by the Justice Department.
After Holder made his decision, prosecutors filed Thursday a notice with a federal court that they would seek the death penalty in the case, according to Carmen Ortiz, the U.S. attorney for Massachusetts.
Dzhokar Tsarnaev is charged with 30 federal counts stemming from the attack. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
By, Deborah Feyerick and Rande Laboni (CNN)
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev accused the government of imposing unduly harsh restrictions on their client in a motion filed Wednesday.
Tsarnaev is “in near total isolation,” is banned from praying with other inmates and is allowed out of his cell only to meet with lawyers or spend short periods in an outdoor enclosure, court documents said.
Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz asked the attorney general for these special administrative measures after Tsarnaev had been in prison for four months.
Ortiz said the restrictions are necessary as part of what prosecutors call Tsarnaev’s “continued desire to incite others to engage in violent jihad,” according to the August memorandum included in the court filing.
As evidence, prosecutors cite the 1,000 “unsolicited” letters the 19-year-old Chechnya-born American has received during his five-month incarceration. His lawyers say he has not responded to any of them.
Tsarnaev has been at the Fort Devens prison facility an hour outside Boston after a brief hospitalization for wounds incurred during his capture on April 19. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, spent days on a highly publicized run after the marathon bombing on April 15.
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A probable cause hearing for Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19, will be held at 3:30 p.m. ET at the same South Boston federal courthouse where notorious Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger’s trial is underway. Authorities told ABC News there will be a heavy police presence around the courthouse as charges contained in a 30-count indictment against Tsarnaev are laid out.
Tsarnaev is charged with killing three people in the April 15 bombing – restaurant manager Krystle Marie Campbell, Boston University student Lingzi Lu and 8-year-old Martin Richard – as well as taking part in the murder of MIT police officer Sean Collier, who was fatally shot days after the bombing. Tsarnaev is also charged with causing grievance injury to MBTA police officer Richard Donahue and an assortment of federal terror-related crimes. Tsarnaev was seriously wounded in a firefight with police before he was apprehended.
Families of the slain and bomb victims who suffered amputations, burns, and debilitating injuries are expected to attend tomorrow’s proceeding to stare down “the face of evil,” as the mother of two of the severely injured told ABC News.
“It has been incredibly hard to accept what happened to my boys,” said Liz Norden, whose sons Paul and JP each lost a leg in the attack. “I’m angry. I want to be there.”
Boston police arrest a man they say tried to scam $2 million out of a fund designed to help the victims of April’s marathon bombings. The Massachusetts Attorney General said the man claimed his dead aunt had lost two limbs. But a police investigation revealed the aunt died more than ten years ago. Police arrested the man at his home Tuesday after he accepted a fake check made out for $2.1 million from an undercover state trooper. He is charged with attempted larceny and identity theft.
We’re learning more about what may have motivated the deadly Boston Marathon bombings. Investigators say a note found in the boat that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was hiding in before his arrest stated that the bombings were in retribution for what he called “U.S. attacks on Muslims.” the note referred to those killed in Boston as “collateral damage.” Tsarnaev is currently being held at a prison medical facility in Massachusetts where he faces charges of using a weapon of mass destruction.
Lawrence Crook III, (CNN) — The body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon terror attack, has been buried in a Muslim cemetery located in Doswell, Virginia, a source close to the investigation told CNN on Friday.
WORCESTER, Mass. — The difficult question of where Tamerlan Tsarnaev should be buried appears to have been settled.
The body of the slain Boston Marathon bombings suspect has been entombed thanks to a “courageous and compassionate individual (who) came forward,” police in Worcester, Massachusetts, said Thursday.
Police did not say where the body was entombed, but did say that the body was “no longer in the city of Worcester,” where the body had been at a funeral home while relatives and officials tried to determine what to do.
The city’s police chief “thanks the community that provided the burial site,” police said in a statement.